Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the fellowship?

The goal of this fellowship is to provide advanced practice registered nurses an opportunity to enhance their expertise in cancer care and to carry that expertise throughout Texas, the nation, and the world to promote excellence in oncology nursing and positively impact the care of oncology patients and their families. Through completion of the fellowship, the fellow will gain in-depth experience in clinical oncology practice with selected experience in oncology focused teaching, clinical research application and utilization, presentation and publication.

How is the fellowship offered?

The fellowship is offered as a twelve-month clinical based experience along with didactic training, simulation, and skills workshops. In addition, fellows will participate in a core curriculum of clinical study that will ensure exposure to the entire spectrum of oncology care, from prevention to end of life.

Where is the fellowship offered?

The fellowship is based at the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

When is the program offered?

The fellowship is currently offered annually, September thru August. 

How many fellowship positions are available and what are the requirements?

There are three to four fellowship positions available for the twelve-month program. 

What APRN specialities are eligible to apply for the Fellowship?

Adult Gerontology, Acute Care, Adult, and Family APRNs are encouraged to apply for the fellowship.  For APRNs specializing in acute care, there is an opportunity for a critical care immersion during the fellowship.

If I specialize in oncology during my graduate program am I eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Texas Board of Nursing looks closely at specialized programs.  We recommend submitting your transcripts for our review as early as possible for us to evaluate possible eligibility.

When are applications accepted to the fellowship?

Applications are accepted from mid-December to the end of January.  The deadline to apply is January 31.  Telephone interviews are conducted in February and in-person interviews are scheduled at the end of March.

I am currently enrolled in a graduate Nursing Program.  When am I eligible to apply for the fellowship program?

To be considered for the fellowship program, you have to graduate no later than May in the year the fellowship begins in September.  You must also take and pass your certification exam immediately after graduation to allow adequate time, if you are accepted into the fellowship, for the credentialing and privileging process to be completed before the start date.  You can not start the fellowship program until a Texas RN license and Texas APN license are obtained.

What should I expect if I am selected for an in-person interview?

Applicants should be prepared to assume the travel and lodging costs for the interview. MD Anderson may assist with coordinating hotel arrangements and shuttle transportation if needed. The interview process will encompass one full day. The applicant will meet with MD Anderson's Nursing Directors, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and administrative staff. A tour of the facilities will be provided. The candidates will not be required to give a presentation.  Business attire is highly recommended.

What stipend and benefits are offered?

The fellow will be a full-time employee at MD Anderson and will receive a salary suitable for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. An excellent benefits program is offered, which includes comprehensive medical insurance and dental and life insurance are available at low cost. There is no financial support for relocation and living expenses, but relocation information may be provided.

What support is offered for attending conferences and educational seminars?

There are division travel guidelines and requirements applicable for all staff and educational trainees, including arrangements for registration, airfare and other accommodations. The program will determine the appropriate meetings for fellow attendance. Priority conferences will include JADPRO Live and programs reflecting the fellow’s clinical focus area.

What other support is available to the fellows during the fellowship?

The MD Anderson Cancer Center's Research Medical Library provides electronic access with excellent search capabilities. Faculty and staff will help mentor fellows through the program with structured support.

What living arrangements are available for the fellows?

Houston offers a wide variety of housing opportunities including many apartments and townhouses near the Texas Medical Center. Many apartments offer shuttle service to the Medical Center complex.  Parking in the Medical Center complex is limited and can be costly.

What entertainment and cultural opportunities are available in the Houston area?

Houston has numerous entertainment opportunities for the enjoyment of the arts, theater, sports, recreation, dining, and shopping. The city offers major league sports, and special attractions such as the NASA/Johnson Space Center, and the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast.

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